About the 183 North Mobility Project
In August 2013, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) launched the 183 North Mobility Project. This environmental study thoroughly analyzed an eight-mile section of US 183 between SH 45 north and MoPac to determine the best options for managing congestion, as well as improving transit reliability and emergency response times.
Recently, TxDOT issued a Finding of No Significant Impact, or FONSI, for the proposed project, which clears the way for the project to proceed into the final design phase.
WHY IMPROVE MOBILITY ALONG THIS SECTION OF US 183?
Traffic congestion along US 183 between SH 45 North and MoPac is a major issue, especially during peak rush hour periods. The corridor provides access to downtown Austin, as well as businesses, major employment centers, religious institutions, schools, parks and trails, recreational centers, and residential areas, all of which could benefit from improved mobility, a reduction in congestion, and reliable travel times for transit and emergency responders. Traffic congestion creates delays for emergency response vehicles carrying patients to and from Seton Northwest Hospital, Concentra Urgent Care and numerous other health care facilities located along the corridor. As population and economic growth continue along and north of this corridor, it is anticipated that congestion will worsen and travel times will increase.
THE STUDY PROCESS
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority developed the 183 North Mobility Project cooperatively with the Texas Department of Transportation and local partners, with oversight by other regulatory agencies. Over the course of the study, a full range of alternatives were developed that took into account the needs of drivers, transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians as well as surrounding businesses, neighborhoods and the environment. To arrive at the preferred solution, the study team analyzed the engineering feasibility, social, economic and environmental impacts of several alternatives. Public outreach was developed throughout the study; input received was strongly considered. An alternative was recommended in November 2015. This alternative was environmentally cleared in April 2016.
DRAFT PURPOSE AND NEED
PURPOSE (WHAT ARE WE TRYING TO DO?)
- Facilitate congestion management in the corridor
- Provide a reliable route for transit
- Facilitate reliable emergency response
NEED (WHAT PROBLEM ARE WE TRYING TO ADDRESS?)
- Increasing congestion is causing unreliable operations
The 183 North Mobility Project received environment clearance in April 2016. The next step in the project development process is for the 183 North project to move into final design, and then construction. Additional funding for final design and construction must be identified in order for the project to move forward.
The Mobility Authority is working with TxDOT and other regional transportation partners to identify and consider potential funding sources.
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